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Trip Start Sep 03, 2011
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Oasis of the Seas

Flag of Bahamas  , New Providence Island,
Friday, September 16, 2011

Today was the last full day of our cruise – but another jampacked one. Of course all the packing had to be done – the best way to handle suitcases in the cabin is to unpack into all the drawers and wardrobe provided and store your empty cases under the bed – which we'd done so then I had to refill them again.  So after breakfast which we had in the Windjammer Café up on Deck 15, Craig went for a wander and a smoke and I finished most of the packing. 

The ship docked in Nassau in the Bahamas around 1.30pm which was a bit later than scheduled.  We had an excursion booked to tour Nassau with a quick visit to the Atlantis resort so headed off the ship and after a bit of a delay – it seemed that a lot of people were booked on this tour we headed off walking out through the terminal and then we were put in groups of 10 or 12 into mini buses each with our own tour guide and off we went.  It was really hot in Nassau and we were really glad to get into the air conditioned vehicles.  We had an interesting tour of Nassau – a bit whistle stop since we only had 2 hours – but saw the two Forts – Fort Charlotte and Fort Fincastle – and also the Queens Staircase.  We then went to Atlantis – what a place – it’s immense – we had 20 minutes there which was just long enough for Craig and I to nearly get lost and we’d only seen about 1 per cent!!!!

Then it was back to the ship and embark again and time for a quick beer before getting ready for dinner.  We’d booked a specialty dinner for tonight at the Chef’s Table.  This is for a minimum of 10 people, maximum 14 and consists of a five course meal with specially selected wines for each course with a explanation of each wine and each course from the chef and the sommelier.

There were 12 there – two couples from Montreal – not together, one from California, one from Florida, one from North Carolina and us.  What a magnificent gourmet experience.  We gathered initially in the ship’s library for a glass of champagne and introductions then we were taken to an upstairs dining area in the Concierge Lounge – this is the ships equivalent of the Qantas lounge – and there was the huge table set for the twelve of us.

Here’s our menu

Lobster and Alaskan King Crab Leg Salad
Pear/grapefruit slaw, citrus dressing and micro greens
with Simonsig sauvignon blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Soup Trio
Green pea bisque, double oxtail consommé, porcini mushroom soup
with Giant Steps pinot noir, Yarra Valley, Australia

Chinese Style Duck Roll
In a crispy crepe tempura with Hoisin reduction
with Bride of the Fox Sake

Roasted Double Lamb Cutlet
Potato-pancetto risotto, broccolini and port wine glaze
with Sequoia Grove cabernet sauvignon, Napa, California

Warm Granny Smith Apple, Pecan and Pine Nut Torte
Green apple gelato and Calvados whipped cream
with Errazurriz sauvignon blanc late harvest, Casablanca Valley, Chile

This was a truly wonderful experience and we met some lovely people too.  At the end we also got a Chefs Table apron for the gentlemen and a Chef’s Table recipe book for the ladies.  This specialty meal cost us an additional $95 each but well worth the money and what a fabulous way to wind up our cruise.

Home to our cabin for the last time and an early start in the morning.

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Anni
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Caroline on

Beautiful Nassau. I'd been wanting to see a pic of the ship from further away, and I just can't get over its size. It took my breath away!
Caroline

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